Pvt Edward E Eddington
Edward E Eddington name: Eddington, Edward E
Rank: Pvt 
Branch: Union 
Regiment: Co. C, 39th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
Cemetery: Oakhill Cemetery, Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin 
Service: 5/17/1864 - 9/22/1864
Birth: 10/15/1844 Cattaraugus, New York
Death: 1913
Notes: Enlisted from Kenosha 
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Edward E Eddington

Edward E Eddington has long been an old and honored resident of Janesville, and has but recently established himself on the farm which he has long owned in La Prairie township, Rock County. For many years he has done business in Janesville, and is widely known as an upright man, a quick and capable workman, and one whose word may be taken without allowance.

Mr. Eddington was born in Cattaraugus County, N.Y., Oct. 15, 1844, a son of Augustus and Henrietta (Curtis) Eddington, both natives of New York. They had four sons and three daughters, all but one of whom are now living: Frank, of Chicago; Edward E.; Henry, of Clear Lake, Minn.; Morris, of Janesville; Betsey, wife of John Lockwood, of Clear Lake; and Millie, wife of Lucius H. Lee, of Janesville. The father was a farmer, and sought a home in the West in 1846, locating in Salem, Kenosha Co., Wis., where he bought land. Some years later he moved to a quarter section in Waushara County, but left it on account of the poverty of the soil, and tried a farm in Calumet County, returning, however, to Salem and buying a farm and farming the old homestead. He is now living in Janesville. His wife died in 1882. Mr. Eddington is a Methodist, as was also his wife. His father, John Eddington, came from England when a young man, and died in New York while still in middle life. He was a natural iron and wood mechanic, and tales of his ingenuity are still repeated in the family. He had four children. Hiram Curtis, the father of Henrietta, was a native of New York, was a soldier in the war of 1812, and lived to be a very old man. He did not have a numerous family.

Edward E. Eddington, the subject of this biographical sketch, came from the State of New York with his parents, and received his schooling at the Salem home. On May 17, 1864, he enlisted in Company C, 39th Wis. V.I., and served four months. He was at Memphis, Tenn., when the Rebel commander, Gen. Forest, made his raid on that city. After the war he learned the trade of blacksmith, and followed it in Janesville many years, doing a considerable business as a carriage and wagon maker and general blacksmith. Latterly he has been troubled with failing health, and having decided to try an entire change of occupation, he in the early part of the year 1900 moved out of the city to a farm in La Prairie township, which he has owned for many years. It contains 160 acres, and is a choice and desirable agricultural establishment.

Mr. Eddington and Miss Martha Elizabeth Redwere married Nov. 4, 1874. She is a daughter of William H. and Margery Ann (Ercabbrack) Read. Four children have been born to bless this union: Jennie May, Nettie Belle, Arthur R. and Fay E. The daughters are teaching, and the sons are still at school. Our subject is a Republican, and takes an intelligent interest in public affairs.

Mrs. Eddington's father was born in Bangor, Maine, and her mother in New York. They had eight children, all but one of whom are still living: Mrs. Martha E. EDDINGTON; George W.; John R.; Sarah Louise, wife of Homer M. Paul; William A.; Mary, deceased; Jennie, wife of Charles Campbell; and Thornton. Her father came West among the early settlers, settling in La Prairie township, Rock County, about fifty-six years ago, took up government land, and became quite prosperous. He died between the city of Janesville and his home, from heart disease, in 1880, lacking one week of being sixty-two years of age. His widow died in April, 1886, aged fifty-seven years, two months and twelve days. William H. Reads's father, John Read, died in Bangor Maine, in 1861, when over eighty years of age. Mrs. Eddington's maternal grandfather, Philip Ercanbrack, belonged to that portion of the early settlers of New York familiarly known as the Mohawk-Dutch. He came West, settled in Rock County, engaged in farming, and died in middle life; his wife, Betsey, died in Hebron, Ill. His father, James Ercanbrack, lived to be ninety-eight years old, and his mother, Mrs. Virtue Ercanbrack, lived to the age of ninety-three.

Source: Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin (c) 1901, p. 347-348.

  39th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry1

Organized at Milwaukee, Wis., and mustered in June 3, 1864. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., June 13-17. Attached to 2nd Brigade, Post and Defences of Memphis, District of West Tennessee. Garrison, railroad guard and picket duty at and about Memphis, Tenn., till September. Repulse of Forest's attack on Memphis August 21. Mustered out September 22, 1864.

Regiment lost during service 3 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 27 Enlisted men by disease. Total 31.

1 Source: National Park Service, Soldiers and Sailors System; "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer,Cosmas; An Army for Empire : The United States Army in the Spanish American War by A. Graham, (Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing Co., 1993).

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